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Are you an expecting or a new parent? First, congratulations are in order for your bundle of joy. Babies are truly a blessing from God worth celebrating. What better way is there to celebrate a bundle of joy than to give him/her a unique name with a wonderful meaning? I thought so too. So here are some name ideas guaranteed to make your bundle of joy stand out among his/her peers – and what makes them more amazing? They are all Nigerian names!   1. Abieyuwa (Yuwa for short) Gender: Female Origin: Bini Meaning: Born into prosperity  

2. Boluwatife

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Yoruba

Meaning: As God wishes/As God wants

3. Chidiamara

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Igbo

Meaning: God is gracious

4. Dideoluwa

Gender: Male

Origin: Yoruba

Meaning: The rising of God

5. Ejura ma’jadu ubie (Ejura for short)

Gender: Female

Origin: Igala

Meaning: One who prospers should save for future needs (In the midst of wealth, one should save for the future)

6. Fatoumata

Gender: Female

Origin: Derived from the Arabic Fātima

Meaning: She who weans an infant; she who abstains from forbidden things.

7. Gboliwe

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Igbo

Meaning: Rejoice

8. Habib

Gender – Male

Origin – Hausa

Meaning – Beloved

9. Idara

Gender – Female/Male

Origin – Efik/Ibibio

Meaning – Joy

10. Jaiyesimi

Gender: Male/Female

Origin:  Yoruba

Meaning: Enjoy life peacefully

  11. Kamsiyochukwu Origin: Igbo Gender: Male/Female Meaning: Just what I asked for  

12. Larai

Gender: Female

Origin: Hausa

Meaning:  Female child born on Wednesday

13. Miedide

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Ijaw

Meaning: Attempted or ventured or have tried

14. Nebeolisa

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Igbo

Meaning:  Look up to God

15. Oluwafikayo

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Yoruba

Meaning: God adds completeness to (my) joy

16. Padaboughayefa

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Ijaw

Meaning: Nothing happens that will not pass away

17. Raluchukwu

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Igbo

Meaning: Leave all to God

18. Sukanmi

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Yoruba

Meaning: Draw close to me

19. Tamarauemi

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Ijaw

Meaning: There is God

  20. Uyai Origin: Efik/Ibibio Gender: Female Meaning: Beauty  

21. Woyintonbra

Gender: Female/Male

Origin: Ijaw

Meaning: God’s wish

22. Yabani

Gender: Male

Origin: Hausa

Meaning: God gave me

23. Zakiyahh

Gender: Female

Origin: Hausa

Meaning: Pure, chaste

Did we miss out your favourite baby names? Share your list with us in the comments section below.

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This article was first published on 24th July 2015


Ify Halim is a Writer and media enthusiast based in Lagos. She enjoys writing self-help/inspirational articles with published work in UYD Magazine, Edufrica, Our Stories Inc. and The Keele Concourse. She currently works at, Nigeria’s Information Portal. Follow her on Twitter @MissHalim or visit her online space at

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5 thoughts on “23 Lovely Nigerian Names for Your Baby”

  • Please am Esan and am married to a Yoruba man, I want the children name to have a combination of both languages can it work. Examples Instead of Oluwafikayo , can it be Osefikayo

  • oma

    It’s Golibe…rejoice

  • Very good post. I’m experiencing many of these issues as well..

  • Onyekachi

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